Post # 1
I could go for a good after-Halloween debate today. FI and I had over 100 trick or treaters visit our house and had a really fun time handing out candy bars to trick or treaters. But there was one group that stuck out in my mind and I’m curious to see if this is considered normal.
So, a group of children ranging from 4-8 years old walk up to our house and we hand out candy as usual. Right after that, one of the moms in the group walks up to the door with her 7-month old son and a candy bucket. “I’m trick or treating for him” she said as she pointed to her son and held out her bucket. I thought it was a little odd that she was trick or treating for a child that young. Is a 7-month old really going to consume that giant bucket of candy? (his bucket had the same amount of candy as the older kids’ buckets)
I saw plenty of other families with infants who just hung out at the end of the driveway while the older kids walked to the door to receive their candy. We didn’t encounter anybody else who was actively trick or treating and asking for candy with a child that young. I’m not judging this mom at all because she was very nice and her son was adorable, I’m more interested in whether this is normal to do. I’m not a mom, so I’m not sure when children normally start trick or treating. What do you bees think?
Post # 3
I think once they can walk, talk, and understand what they are doing they’re old enough.
Post # 4
omgggg i’m sooooo glad there’s a thread on this!!!! a girl on my facebook posted pics of her and her 8 month old baby dressed up and a comment like “waiting for daddy to get off work then we’re off to trick or treat!” It made me sooo angry. It’s not even like they have an older child who can take advantage of the extra candy. bitch, i know who is going to be eating that candy.haha. i commented and said “no chance i’d give u candy if u showed up at my door! greedy!!!” haha.
Post # 5
Hi, I am guilty of doing this! I have 2 children and both of them have been goin trick or treating since the first Oct after they was born. My oldest is now 4 and the youngest is 18 months.
Its all about fun, as my first kid’s first halloween, we took his older cousins (7&8 year olds) out so we joined in. And now the baby – of course everyone else (mom dad and brother) will be eating all the candy.
We pooled both buckets of candy together, so no my kids wont be eating all that alone.
Where Im from its pretty common to take kids no matter how young out. As a matter of fact, I took a small bag of candy to work with me today
Post # 6
Once they can say “Trick or Treat,” they’re old enough in my book. I saw a 17-month old dressed as a lamb who “bahh”-ed every so often. She stole my heart!
Post # 7
we had a pregnant lady come & say she was getting candy for her baby lol people are desperate for some free candy, yall!!
Post # 8
@bleusteel: The coworkers and I were just chatting about this. Little ones are not eating the candy so I don’t see why the parents are collecting for them. I understand getting them dressed up and tagging along with other kids and sibs to show off their cutie but asking for candy for the child who is overheating in their highly flammable get up and who only has one tooth to boot? Nah.
That being said, I did dole it out to the one or two people who were collecting on behalf of someone (is this some sort a sugary charity now?). Weirdos.
Post # 9
They have to at least be able to walk and hold their own bucket, if they are with older kids. If they are alone, they have to be, like @MrsBeck said, able to walk, talk, and understand what they’re doing.
I wouldn’t have a problem giving 2-12 year olds candy… before and after that, I think, “really?”
Post # 10
@mu_t: If I had an 8 month old, YES, I would dress them up but I wouldn’t go door to door. I’d 1) go visit a few of MY friends or daycare buddies with the child and then, 2) me and the babe would hand out candy at our house.
I would not be soliciting for candy on behalf of a baby but I would want everyone to see how cute they were.
Post # 11
@Plum4getful: That’s really interesting. This family was pretty similar, the little one was just tagging along with the older siblings. I could see it being more fun to get everyone in the family involved. This family was certainly having a blast.
@BeachBride2014: There was a 2 year old who stopped by at one point who couldn’t figure out how to say trick or treat (according to the parents), so he just held out his bucket and said “thank you”. He was so freaking cute.
Post # 12
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@bleusteel: I had a guy that was driving from house to house (it was raining) and he jumped out, grabbed his daughter who could not walk or talk (IDK what age that makes her, I’m child/age dumb) and came up. She was cute so I gave them candy but REALLY?!
Post # 13
I think they should be able to walk and talk, so whatever age that is. Personally, I will not be taking my infant around trick or treating!!
If I had older kids I might bring the infant along but I wouldn’t be collecting candy on its behalf.
Post # 14
@mchitt329: My oldest has missed 2 halloween’s due to weather (if its raining Im not gonna risk getting my child sick). But we did dress up and take pictures and visit my mom’s house
Post # 15
Meh, I’d rather give candy to new parents who are excited to show off their adorable baby in a costume than teenagers who are too lazy to even put on a costume and could just go buy their own candy.
Post # 16
I have no issue handing out candy to whomever shows up at my door as long as they’re polite. Personally, I wouldn’t collect candy for my child if they can’t walk and/or aren’t old enough to eat it. But, to each their own.
Next Halloween, my baby will be about 8 months. We will probably dress her up for fun and stay home ot pass out candy. Or, we’ll go out with friends with older kids to Trick or Treat but we won’t be getting candy for her. We’ll definitely take her out the next year though.
I have a bigger issue with the kid who came to my door 3 times last night and didn’t have the balls to look me in the eye and practically kept his back turned to me the whole time. If you’re going to double dip in my candy bowl, cool I don’t care, but have the balls to be confident in your decision and look me in the eye!